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You are missing the point, it isn't that simple. Doing the opposite might keep cities cleaner or reduce crime but the cost is significantly higher to maintain. A prison population is a social service that is incredibly expensive, the more enforcement there is, the more expensive it is per body. This doesn't solve the problem it just costs the taxpayer more for another non-solution.

My argument didn't even address costs. Did you mean to respond to another comment?

This does seem to be a topic that is (for whatever reason) very difficult to have a straightforward conversation about.

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